Jul 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT
group of regional experts. there are roughly 400 serving in afghanistan and pakistan so far. do you see this as the future? >> i hope it is the future. i-- i think this is something we probably should have did right after 9/11. >> reporter: crawford believes that small groups of u.s. soldiers like him will still be living with the afghan people long after the combat troops have pulled out. mandy clark, cbs news, kandahar. >> schieffer: norway's intelligence chief said today the man who's confessed to massacring 76 people last week acted alone, and tonight, we're getting our first view of the explosion in oslo. surveillance video from an electronics store shows the force of the blast. a new study may answer the question do cell phones put young people at risk of getting cancer? a cold case murder may be solved 53 years later. and presidents, generals, and privates have all been treated there. walter reed's proud history when the cbs evening news continues. >> schieffer: there are 300 million cell phones in america, almost as many phones as people, but there are still some concerns about
Jul 4, 2011 7:00pm EDT
and to the eastern border with pakistan where al qaeda still operates. general david petraeus is retiring from the army later this month and will become the new director of the c.i.a. mandy clark spoke with him today in kabul about the way forward in afghanistan. >> reporter: the last days of general david petraeus's command have been marked by two major events: the president's decision to begin withdrawing u.s. forces and days later an audacious attack on one of kabul's most important hotels. general petraeus told us the assault should not be seen as a setback. do you really think that the afghan security forces are ready if they can't protect a major hotel in the cap all? >> i can tell you that our special forces who were sporp not leading and not doing-- for the afghan forces who saw the crisis response unit said that they responded very courageously. in fact, that they took the loss of life with the wounded in action i think underscores that fact. >> reporter: but the training of afghan forces is uneven at best. witnesses at the hotel told us some afghan police ran away from the suicide as
Jul 6, 2011 7:00pm EDT
that he was killed last month in pakistan by a u.s. drone. one official said to us today, "we know we got him this time." at the white house today, the president said he will begin sending condolence letters to families of troops who commit suicide in a war zone. troops who die in combat have always received this honor. but for generations, suicide victims have not been acknowledged by the president. the white house has been reviewing this policy, but mr. obama took action one week after elaine quijano first reported this story on our broadcast. elaine? >> reporter: well, scott, the president says he made the change to the condolence letter policy to remove the stigma associated with one of the unseen wounds of war, suicide. in a written statement, the president said, "this issue is emotional, painful and complicated. but these americans served our nation bravely, they didn't die because they were weak, and the fact that they didn't get the help they needed must change." the group iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, which has been advocating for more mental health programs for veter
Jul 25, 2011 7:00pm EDT
.s. air force security forces in saudi arabia and pakistan after two near-death experiences he returnd home with severe post traumatic stress disorder. >> before i met her, i was a wreck. i was out of control. i would start fights for no reason. >> reporter: deeply depressed and filled with rage, he decided to end his misery with his pistol. >> cocked it back. put it right in my mouth. and i sat there and i cried for about a minute or two. i was this close to pulling the trigger. >> reporter: that's when cheyenne, who was then six months old came to his rescue. >> she came up behind me and licked my ear. she gave me this look of, "what are you doing, man?" like," who is going to let me sleep in your bed. listen, if you take care of me. i'll take care of you." good girl. >> reporter: sharpe realized at that moment he had something to live for but he didn't stop there. he decided that what saved him might save others like him. so he started pet to vets, now known as p-2-v, an organization that has put dozens of injured veterans together with their own four legged saviors, dogs and cats.